Tess Napaljarri Ross
Warlpiri Language Group
“Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Dreaming)”
91 x 76 cm
Ref No: TR111414
This Dreaming tells the story of a man who came across a group of women that were sitting in a circle and took a woman of the wrong skin to a hill where they made love. The hill turned to yellow and white ochre and the man turned himself and the women into goannas. The ochre is still found on top of the hill and is used today for love magic and for ceremonial decoration. shapes In this painting the women are depicted by the concentric circles and the goannas by the 'W' shapes.